Mad Buddies pirate arrested

2012-06-22 14:20

A man has been caught red-handed trying to film the new Leon Schuster movie Mad Buddies off the big screen using a camcorder at the debut screening of the film at the Maponya Mall Ster-Kinekor in Soweto.

A pirate syndicate in Johannesburg tried to sell fake Mad Buddies pirated DVDs to unsuspecting shoppers earlier this week. It is thought that the arrested man works for this syndicate.

He will appear in the Commercial Crime Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

This is not the first time someone has tried to illegally film Mad Buddies since its release on Friday.

Another suspect, spotted at Bedford Centre in Johannesburg, was approached by cinema staff but managed to escape.
Becoming a reality in SA

Recording films in cinemas is fast becoming a reality in South Africa.

Corne Guldenpfennig of the South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact) has insisted on increased security at cinemas countrywide in an attempt to prevent pirate copies of Mad Buddies being sold prior to the legal release of the film on DVD.

Safact encourages the public to report any incidents of suspicious activity in a cinema to staff members immediately.

Mad Buddies opened in cinemas around the country on 22 June.


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